SABSA Business School Expo

The country's business schools and affiliated institutions will converge at the South African Business Schools Association's annual Business School Expo on Wednesday 3rd September to showcase their wide range of management and business programmes.

Since its formation four years ago, the expo has established itself as an ideal platform for individuals and organisations to examine curricula, accreditation, educational philosophies, delivery methods, quality frameworks, admissions requirements and funding options.

Visitors will be able to investigate, discuss and compare the many programmes available on the market from MBAs and specialised executive education programmes to shorter courses and in-house solutions.

There has been a significant shift in executive development towards customised programmes, says SABSA president, Frank Horwitz. "The expo will give decision-makers a deeper sense of what is out there and whether it will address their specific needs."

Business school faculty, admissions staff and alumni will be present to offer advice on accelerating leadership, management, career and business development. In addition to competitions, giveaways and value offerings, visitors will be able to enquire about bursaries and scholarships.

Besides addressing the needs of budding trailblazers, the SABSA Business School Expo is a valuable tool for managers, executives and entrepreneurs seeking innovative ways to enhance their leadership potential. It also serves to broaden the understanding among human resources practitioners of the business education market.

The expo takes place at the Sandton Sun in Johannesburg, and Horwitz recommends that prospective students across the country make every effort to attend. "Many people combine business trips to Gauteng with a visit to the expo, " he says.

Eon Smit, past SABSA president and director of the University of Stellenbosch Business School, adds: "Of all the products that you can buy, education is perhaps one of the most intangible. Even the most sophisticated people find it hard to distinguish between business schools and their programmes.

"The expo not only gives one a personal feel for what is on offer, but also a sense of each school's culture. With an expo of this nature, you can find out what you need to know in one fell swoop."

Whilst business schools are often in competition with each other, it is also important to identify areas where they can co-operate and work together, says Horwitz. "Staging an industry exhibition such as this allows business schools collectively to co-operate, to work together and raise the profile and awareness of the South African business school community."

Visit the SABSA Business School Expo on the 3rd September at the Sandton Sun between 12h00 - 20h00 and take charge of your career and organisational success.

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